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Children's Fiction Basketball


by (author) Jeff Rud

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2008
Basketball, Emotions & Feelings, Theater
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2008
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Fifteen-year-old Kyle Evans has been a jock for years—a triple threat basketball player who can dribble, pass or shoot with considerable skill. But once he decides to try out for the school musical production at Sainsbury High, Kyle finds there is much more to life than hightops and hookshots. Conflicting priorities cause problems between Kyle and his coaches, teachers, teammates and friends. And when his buddy Lukas becomes the target of homophobic hatred, Kyle is left with some difficult choices to make.

About the author


  • Commended, Rainbow List
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"

Excerpt: Crossover (by (author) Jeff Rud)

I marched toward Stillman, who was at the far free-throw line, standing with the ball on his hip. "What exactly is your problem?" I said, looking directly into his black eyes.
"Just you," Stillman replied, an irritating smirk forming at one corner of his mouth. "I thought you were supposed to be a basketball player, not one of the funny boys of the drama department.

Editorial Reviews

Rated "excellent"

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